NHL playoff betting has been very good to me this year I must admit. Yours truly took the San Jose Sharks to win it all some time ago, and given their form against the St. Louis Blues that bet looks pretty smart. I am now in the process of handicapping some prop bets and seeing if there is value in betting on the eventual Conn Smythe trophy winner e.g. the most valuable player during the playoffs.
The player who wins the Conn Smythe is almost always picked from the team that wins the Stanley Cup, so really it starts with handicapping the Stanley Cup winner. There are three teams left in the NHL playoffs and none of them are willing to go quietly into the night. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins are deadlocked heading into Game 7, while San Jose has vanquished a very good Blues team.
At this point, any one of these teams can win the Cup and each have proven worthy of being billed as the league’s top team. Let’s take a look at each team’s most likely MVP should they win the cup.
Hockey Betting Online – Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning, without two of its best players, has surprised many teams by still being alive in the playoffs. A big part of their success can be attributed to two players – Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman. Hedman has been the best defenseman all postseason and has picked up 13 points over that time. He’s playing nearly 30 minutes a night against the opposition’s best players and has done a great job keeping the Penguins’ top players in check.
Kucherov also leads the team in goals, points, and game winning goals. He’s been their most consistent player all playoffs and his 11 goals ranks 2nd amongst all players.
NHL Playoff Betting Online – Pittsburgh Penguins
Phil Kessel has been Pitt’s best forward all playoffs and it really hasn’t been close. He leads the team in goals (9), points (18), and his line has been the most dangerous all playoffs for the Penguins. They led the charge in upsetting the top seeded Capitals, and now they’ve helped the Pens force Game 7 in the conference finals. If Pitt wins the cup, Kessel most likely takes home the MVP.
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I have no idea how the voters will decide between Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski if the Sharks win the Cup. They’re tied for the league lead with 21 points, and both rank in the top 5 in goals. Pavelski leads all players with 12 goals and 4 game winning goals, whereas Couture leads the league in assists with 14 in 17 games. You could also make the case for stud defenseman Brent Burns, who has 19 points in 17 games including 9 points on the PP.
The Sharks, as you can tell, have gotten big time performances from all of their top players and would be the toughest bet to pin down for their MVP of the postseason.
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